Apr 07, 2021labraden rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
Arden Maxwell decides to have her baby and live in the house that she and her sister vacated when Arden was ten year old. At the time, their father had disappeared leading to accusations that he committed a burglary of a local business and the murder of one of his accomplices. However, it isn't long before she loses her baby in the middle of the local grocery store. While trying to survive the depression that follows, Arden's sister, Lisa, attempts to convince her to come back with her to Dallas until she decides what to do with the rest of her life, but Arden isn't ready to leave the past behind and makes a plan to renovate the house using local contractor Ledge Burnet. Ledge's initial refusal doesn't deter Arden because she is now determined more than ever to find out what happened the night her father left them on the eve of Easter all those years ago.
Troubling in Thick as Thieves is that Arden's miscarriage is seemly no more than a plot device that is gone as quickly as it is mentioned, however, the book is filled with suspense and intriguing secrets leading to a couple of dandy twists near the end of the book. The plot, though, doesn't hold up in the last several pages of the book, and the dialogue becomes stilted and less than realistic. These issues detract from a story that has many strong points. Overall, this is a decent romantic suspense story with a somewhat overly dramatic ending. 3 1/2 stars.